Time Passing

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Thompson’s Flouring Mills, the oldest surviving grist mill in Oregon, viewed through a window in the Millkeeper’s house, and (below) the millrace passing below the main building during a rainstorm.

Millrace on a rainy November day, 2012, seen from the office windows.

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Hand-hewn beam at Thompson's Mills State Heritage Site, Oregon
Hand-hewn beam at Thompson’s Mills State Heritage Site, Oregon

 
One of the displays at Thompson’s Mills State Heritage Site shows how logs—really BIG logs—were fashioned into the massive beams that support the mill. You’ve probably seen historic photos of the process, which began with a team of two men using a cross-cut saw to fell the tree, but until you’ve run a hand over the surface of a beam, and felt the detailed work done by razor-sharp axes, you can’t appreciate the raw technology involved.

The Art of The Bench

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The old shop building at Thompson’s Mills is slated to get a new life—as a shop. This requires reorganization—the old rusting stuff taken down to make way for new shiny stuff. It’s already started, but before the effort becomes full-blown I nosed around to see if I’d missing something, anything, during those times when I’d set up the tripod in that dark space, and my hip was almost grazing it when my eyes adjusted.

In A Basement Corner

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“Hell is empty and all the devils are here.” —William Shakespeare

“It ain’t the heat, it’s the humility.” —Yogi Berra

Problems

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“There are horrible people who, instead of solving a problem, tangle it up and make it harder to solve for anyone who wants to deal with it. Whoever does not know how to hit the nail on the head should be asked not to hit it at all.” —Friedrich Nietzsche

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” —Alfred Einstein